Solo Female Travel Brisbane Guide:
So you’ve got one day in Brisbane and you want to know what to do with it? Well, you need look no further because the Solo Female Travel Brisbane Guide has got the answer and it’s: Koalas. Which, let’s be honest, is always the answer. Brisbane is such a fun city with so many little quirks, like pancake houses that were once cathedrals and kangaroos that let you pet them like that’s what you were put on this earth to do. Solo female travelers will enjoy every minute they spend in Brisbane.
For more info on where to go and what to do while backpacking Australia, check out the Solo Travel Australia Itinerary next.
When To Go
Daytime Temps: 76F-84F (24C-29C)
Nighttime Temps: 57F-68F (14C-20C)
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What To Wear
As you can see autumn in Brisbane has warm days and cool nights. I suggest packing clothes you’re going to be comfortable exploring in and some sunscreen. Also a light jacket and long pants for when you’re hitting the streets at night.
For more info on what to wear, read the Solo Travel Australia Packing List.
Hostels (Fall Season): Prices range from 24 AUD to 50 AUD per night.
**Note: These are the prices for hostels with a rating of 8.0 or higher on Hostelworld.com.**
Hotels (Fall Season): Prices for budget hotels range from 72 AUD to 90 AUD per night.
What To Spend
60 USD/ 80 AUD/ 80 CAD/ 50 EUR/ 40 GBP
*Assuming you’re on a backpacker’s budget. Making use of public transportation, staying in hostels or other budget accommodations and eating out about once a day. For the daily budgets of other destinations check out Round The World Trip Budget next.*
How To Get Around
One of the best and easiest ways to get around Brisbane is by ferry. Operating throughout the waterways are 21 CityCats. The CityCats run every day and pick up about every fifteen minutes from 5:15 in the morning to 12:45 at night.
Free Option: Yep that’s right, free! The CityHopper cruises around Brisbane offering their services free of charge. The CityHopper runs every half an hour from 6 am to midnight. You can ride the CityHopper seven days a week. The pick-up/drop-off points are Sydney Street, Dockside, Holman Street, Eagle Street Pier, Thornton Street, Maritime Museum, South Bank 3, and North Quay.
To get around Brisbane’s Central Business District you can ride the Free Loops. These red City Loop buses operate along two routes, Route 40 and Route 50. Route 40 is the clockwise loop that runs Monday to Friday and picks up every 10 minutes from 7 am and 6 pm. Route 50 is the anti-clockwise loop that also runs Monday to Friday. Route 50 also picks up every 10 minutes and operates from 7:05 am and 6:05 pm.
For the Spring Hill neighborhood, you can ride the free Spring Hill Loop. The Spring Hill Loop is Route 30 and this route runs Monday to Friday from 6 am to just before 7 pm. The loop shuttles in and out of the Central Business District and Spring Hill. These buses are yellow and pick up every 10 to 20 minutes.
The BUZ Services aren’t free but they pick up every 10 to 15 minutes and run from 6 am to 11:30 pm. These buses run every day and will take you through the city and the Brisbane suburbs.
Night Bus: On Fridays and Saturdays, the NightLink buses operate from midnight to 5 am. Great for solo female travelers enjoying Brisbane nightlife on the weekends.
One of the things I love about Brisbane is it’s a walkable city. On a pleasant day, there’s nothing better than strolling around the city center, popping in and out of shops, and being apart of the hustle and bustle.
Brisbane also operates six rail lines that make traveling to and from the Central Business District and the suburbs easy. If you’ve just stepped out of the airport, there’s the Airtrain line to get you to the city center. The Airtrain runs every day from 4 am to just before midnight. The Airtrain picks up every 15 minutes to 30 minutes. The cost of a one-way ticket varies depending on how far in advance you book and if you book online. The online price for a week in advance is $15.73 AUD then all the way up to $18.50 AUD for the full fare.
Ticket and Fares
Traveling in Brisbane is made simple and cheap with a go Card in your pocket. With the go Card, you only need to top-up and then you can use your card to pay for transport on buses, trains, and ferries. The cost to ride public transport is calculated by how many zones you travel through and what times you travel.
For example, the cost to ride in one zone with a go Card is $3.25 AUD. The cost to ride in one zone with a go Card during off-peak times is $2.60 AUD. And the cost to ride in one zone with a single paper ticket is $4.70 AUD. One zone, three different prices.
What To Do In Brisbane
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the reason I went to Brisbane in the first place. I heard “holding Koala bears” and I was on the first plane out. The Koala Sanctuary is a must-see and the perfect way to spend your day in Brisbane. The world’s first and largest Koala sanctuary is home to over 100 koalas for you to photograph and potentially interact with.
Besides the Koala babies, you can see Kookaburras, Dingoes, Wombats and Tasmanian Devils (they look nothing like the cartoon). You can also feed/pet kangaroos and wallabies while strolling around their enclosure. It’s a unique experience that can’t be missed.
Lone Pine Sanctuary is open every day from 9 am to 5 pm. The cost of admission is $36 AUD.
Kangaroo Point is a peaceful spot where you can enjoy the view of the city and the Brisbane River. You can cycle, rock climb, barbeque or just go for a stroll. So drop by Kangaroo Point and relax, take few pictures and end your day in Brisbane watching the sun go down in a beautiful space.
Solo female travelers are no stranger to Brisbane and in general, it’s a safe city but you should always exercise caution no matter where you are. Stay in well-lit areas with lots of people around especially if you are out at night. Carry only what you need to get through the day and keep the rest of your money and valuables locked in your accommodation’s safe or locker.
To protect your things when you’re outside of the hostel or hotel, I suggest keeping them in an anti-theft bag that will lock your zippers and prevent pickpocketing.
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Good luck and Happy Travels!